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Beer and Oat Bread

Food Network Canada
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Ingredients

4
cup large flake rolled oats
5
cup flour, (approximately)
1 ½
cup warm water
2
Tbsp active dry yeast
1 341
mL bottle pale ale
brown ale
½
cup skim milk powder
½
cup packed brown sugar
1
Tbsp salt
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Directions

Step 1

Reserve 1/4 cup (50 mL) of the oats for topping. In food processor, grind 2 cups (500 mL) of the remaining oats until fine. Set aside.

Step 2

Sprinkle remaining oats evenly over rimmed baking sheet; toast in 350ºF (180ºC) oven for 20 minutes, stirring once. Let cool slightly.

Step 3

Meanwhile, in small bowl, whisk together 1 cup (250 mL) of the flour, the warm water and yeast; let stand until frothy, about 15 minutes.

Step 4

In large bowl, whisk together ale, skim milk powder, sugar and salt. Whisk in yeast mixture. Stir in 3 cups (750 mL) of the flour and ground and toasted oats. Stir in enough of the remaining flour to make slightly sticky dough. Turn out onto lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes, adding any remaining flour if dough is sticking, Place in greased bowl, turning to grease all over. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise in warm draft-free place until doubled in bulk, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Step 5

Punch down dough; cut in half. Pat each half into 11 x-8-inch (28 cm x 20 cm) rectangle. Starting at narrow end, roll up into cylinder; pinch along bottom to smooth and seal. Fit into 2 greased 8 x-4-inch (1.5 L) loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. Brush loaves lightly with water; sprinkle with reserved oats.

Step 6

Bake in centre of 375ºF (190ºC) oven until golden and loaves sound hollow when tapped on bottom, about 40 minutes.

Step 7

Yield: 2 loaves

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